Martial Arts Journey
What is Value for your training dollar?
Fast, Slow or Half Fast
Aikido and the Street, Part 1
Difference In Training
My Quest for TenShin Aikido
What is Tenshin Aikido?
Why Don't Aikido Schools
Aikido schools train with one another?
Many years ago when I was
taking Isshinryu Karate a wondrous thing took place twice a
month. Karateka from several different schools, styles,
associations, and federations got together to train and share
new techniques they had learned.
This lasted for about 4 or 5 hours.
Participants would come from as far as south Portland, Oregon
and as far north as Bellingham, Washington. This was a
tremendous learning experience for all of us.
I have tried to understand why Aikido
instructors refuse to participate, or allow their students to
participate in training with other schools and instructors. We,
at the WAD, encourage our students to go out and visit and train
with other Aikido dojos in our area. I personally think it is
important for our students to experience training under another
instructor they might even discover that they are more inspired
under someone else.
We feel, at the WAD, that we
offer the best instruction for our local area but talk is cheap and more
importantly one of our students might connect better with another instructor and
that would be better for them. If I, or any of our instructors, do not inspire
them to learn and strive to go beyond their current limits then they should
train under another instructor that does.
Perhaps we look at things
differently, we are not motivated by money or any thing else we only want what
is best for our students.